Underwater roundup, well it might not only be underwater. But all waterish related?
Did people not already want to go and explore Europa? Because I thought that was always on the agenda of awesome places in the solar system to visit. But a lot of the stories I’ve seen about the venting ocean on Europa has been one of two things. OMG WE SHOULD FINALLY GO THERE. Um. Yes. We know. But like without any understanding that it has long been a fascinating place. And two…OMG LIQUID WATER! PROOF OF LIFE. Um…no? That’s…not how…I have a headache.
I’m not sure what happened to my news sources lately but this one just felt rougher than usual.
Europa is awesome. It has long been known to be awesome and fascinating.
On the one hand, they are further evidence that a warm-water, saline ocean exists beneath Europa’s icy surface. On the other, they indicate that any future mission to Europa would be able to access this salt-water ocean with greater ease.
Not gasp shock, but further evidence. Also? Universe Today is awesome and clear.
White (possibly albino) Orcas are being spotted in larger numbers in the western North Pacific which is kind of interesting, but what I thought was more interesting was:
Orcas often live in groups with a distinct cultural identity tied to their hunting style.
Now maybe much like Europa’s venting this was something we knew about long ago that I’m only finding out about now. And I’ve certainly read some things about group identity and tight familial groups.
But hearing them referred to as cultural identities? That’s…fascinating.
A quick (and as always awesome) comic from Indexed about boats, that’s my tie here.